Nowitzki: Life in NBA for Griner would be tough

If Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban really were to consider drafting Baylor star Brittney Griner — well, one of her “future” teammates reportedly thinks she’d have more than a little trouble with the transition to the NBA.

“You’re kind of caught between a 3 and a 4, it’s tough,” Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki told The Dallas Morning News. “You’ve got to be fast and athletic at that spot. You’ve got to be able to shoot. You’ve got to be able to go by people, guard people on the other end, chase people off of screen-and-rolls and post up.

“It’s tough. It’s tough.”

If anyone would know, it’s Nowitzki, who’s spent his entire career playing the position that the 6-foot-8 Griner would be expected to play in the NBA. In college, Griner is a natural center, but she would be too short to play that position in the NBA.

What about Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle? Does he think Griner could suit up for his team?

“I know she’s a hell of a player,” Carlisle told the Morning News. “Beyond that, I don’t want to get into the polarizing discussion about it.”